judy sakaki with studentsDr. Judy K. Sakaki welcomes Sonoma State University faculty, staff and students back to campus for her first semester as president at the university's Convocation ceremony, Monday, Aug. 22, 9-11:30 a.m. in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. The university welcomes 18 new tenure-track faculty, as well as six visiting faculty, for the 2016-17 school year. The student body for the fall 2016 semester is shaping up to be similar to fall 2015, which saw 9,400 students enter Sonoma State. Classes begin August 23.

service and internship fairMore than 55 nonprofit and government organizations will recruit students at Sonoma State University's annual Service and Internship Fair September 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Salazar Plaza. The fair provides community organizations the opportunity to get students involved with their work and gives students a chance to explore opportunities for meaningful internships and community service opportunities.

Latino Service Providers meetingLatino Service Providers has received a $1 million grant to explore how Latino cultural practices promote mental and behavioral health. As part of the grant, Sonoma State University faculty and students will work with the organization and other agencies to recruit and train high school students over the next six years to identify and implement cultural practices as therapeutic practices.

samuel beckett examines a piece of filmIn 1964, acclaimed author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history: his embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short avant-garde film entitled, simply, "Film." Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would culminate in his receiving a Nobel Prize five years later. Keaton, in his waning years, never lived to see Beckett's canonization. Now, the Sonoma Film Institute (SFI) at Sonoma State University opens its 2016 fall season with the North Bay premiere of "Notfilm," a new documentary on the making of Beckett's only film, on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in Warren Auditorium.

ray johnsonRay Johnson has been promoted from director to executive director of Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute. His expanded role includes operational oversight of the Wine Spectator Learning Center, scheduled to open on campus in 2017.

judy sakaki with rfdc kidsSonoma State University hosted the largest visiting group of young children in the school's history on July 22 when President Judy K. Sakaki welcomed more than 400 elementary and middle school students from the Roberts Family Development Center (RFDC) in Sacramento to the University to experience a taste of college life.

teacher giving drone lesson in classroomWe keep hearing that automated aerial delivery is just around the corner, but who will build and operate these machines? A group of educators recently began to answer that question after completing a four-day workshop at Sonoma State University to teach their students how to build and fly drones and rockets.

teachers summit logoSonoma State University is one of 38 locations across the state to host the California Teachers Summit on Friday, July 29, celebrating the teaching profession, promoting collaboration and equipping teachers with tools to better implement the new California standards. The event features keynote addresses from teacher and author Kelly Gallagher and actor Ernie Hudson, as well as local education leaders.

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